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Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy murdered, say police (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh) 

party leader and former state was murdered, police said after preliminary inquiry

Hours after the 68-year-old former was found dead at his home in Pulivendula town of Kadapa district, police said they were treating it as a murder case and investigating from all angles.

of Police told reporters that there were seven marks including four on the head. The were inflicted by a sharp object. He said the crime scene and the clues indicate that it was murder.

He constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case. "We have collected fingerprints from the scene and will match the same with those of the suspects," the SP said.

The police suspect that as the rear door was open, somebody entered the house and killed him on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

Earlier, it was believed that Vivekananda died of However, on a complaint by his personal assistant, the police registered a case of unnatural death under section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure and took up investigation.

After an autopsy at a hospital, the body was handed over to the family.

Vivekananda was younger brother of former Chief and uncle of party president He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

The former MP, who was alone at his house, was found dead in a pool of blood in the bathroom when along with housemaid entered the house from the rear door after there was no response to the knocks on the main door.

The said Vivekananda had As the rear door was open, the family suspected foul play.

party has demanded probe by the (CBI) into the murder.

Chief held a meeting with of Police R.P. Thakur and other top police officials in He directed them to conduct a thorough probe and ensure that the guilty were apprehended at the earliest.

Vivekananda Reddy was elected from Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency on Congress ticket in 1999 and 2004. He was twice elected to the Assembly (1989, 1994) from Pulivendula, a family stronghold.

Vivekananda was also elected to Legislative Council in 2009 and served as in Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet.

He remained loyal to Congress when Jaganmohan Reddy raised a banner of revolt against the party for not picking him as the successor of his father and following his death in a helicopter crash in 2009.

had alleged that the Congress tried to split in the family by making Vivekananda a Minister. The young leader subsequently floated YSR Congress party.

Vivekananda contested the 2011 by-election to Pulivendula constituency against his sister-in-law and Jagan's mother Y. S. Vijayamma, who contested as YSR Congress candidate and won the seat with a huge majority.

Vivekananda later quit the Congress and joined YSR Congress. He lost elections to the Legislative Council in 2017.



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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 17:40 IST